Daughters of Destiny – A Netflix Series
If you are looking for a series on Netflix about education in the developing world, consider watching Daughters of Destiny. This series follows young women who are of the Dalit (often called untouchables) caste who are chosen to attend a private school in India but must leave their homes and families to attend.
The young women have to navigate dealing with a life of poverty and prejudice while at home during school breaks as well as the pressure to succeed at school.
Truth and Reconciliation – The Canadian Experience
ICO recognizes that many Canadians are living and working on the unceded territories of a number of First Nations Communities. We respect and understand our opportunity to be here.
We are pleased to recognize and honor September 30, 2021 as the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
Below are some links to learn more about the history and rationale behind this day.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its calls to action
There were 140 federally run Indian Residential Schools which operated in Canada between 1831 and 1998. The last school closed only 23 years ago. Survivors advocated for recognition and reparations and demanded accountability for the lasting legacy of harms caused. These efforts culminated in:
- the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement
- apologies by the government
- the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- the creation of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission ran from 2008 to 2015 and provided those directly or indirectly affected by the legacy of the Indian Residential Schools policy with an opportunity to share their stories and experiences. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has become the permanent archive for the statements, documents and other materials the Commission gathered, and its library and collections are the foundation for ongoing learning and research.
The Commission released its final report detailing 94 calls to action. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a direct response to Call to Action 80, which called for a federal statutory day of commemoration.
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